Food contributes to at least 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, here at CAT we are committed to improving education and understanding of food related emissions, enabling people to make positive, informed choices about their diet and where they source their food.
This year Julie Bromilow, CAT Education Officer, has contributed to the steering group of the first Regional Centre for Expertise (RCE) for Education for Sustainable Development in Wales set up in 2009, and from this became a member of their first ever working group.
The RCE Wales Food Working group aims to link broader Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) goals in Wales, with local issues surrounding food, and has pro-actively related ESDGC practice with food sustainability in their report Transformative Education and Food: Thoughts from Wales.
The first output from the Working Group for RCE Wales, the report looks at food sustainability as a stepping stone to a wider understanding of sustainable development and global citizenship in Wales. It also considers how people learn about food and offers educational theories to highlight how we can bring about positive change at the community level.
Peter Harper, head of research and innovations at CAT said of the report “What an intriguing and sophisticated document. Reading it feels like that trust game where you stand rigid in a circle of friends and get bounced gently and unpredictably from one side to another, but always coming back to the balanced middle.”
At CAT we believe that creating a more sustainable food cycle will have a huge positive impact on the struggle to create a more sustainable environment and society, whilst also having a beneficial impact on individuals’ health. From 28th – 30th October CAT will be running a short course which delves into the issues surrounding food, looking far beyond food miles and farting cows. Food for Thought will allow participants to understand why food has such a big impact, and offer solutions from CAT’s zerocarbonbritain2030 report.
To have a read of the RCE Wales Food Group’s report please go to their website where you can download it for free and space to leave feedback.